Giacomo Ricci

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Giacomo Ricci
Nationality Italy Italian
Born (1985-03-30) March 30, 1985 (age 29)
Baveno (Italy)
2014 Auto GP World Series
Debut season 2010
Current team Team MLR71
Car no. 5
Former teams RP Motorsport
Zele Racing
Starts 10
Wins 0
Poles 0
Fastest laps 0
Best champ.
finish
11th in 2012
Previous series
2011
20082010
2009–10
2009
2008–09
2008–09
2008
2008
2007
200407
2004
2003
2003
2002
2002
2001–02
2001
GP2 Final
GP2 Series
GP2 Asia Series
Le Mans Series
GP2 Asia Series
International GT Open
Italian Formula Three
International Formula Master
Champ Car Atlantic
Euro/Italian Formula 3000
World Series by Nissan
Fran-Am
Formula Junior 1600 Spain
FR2000 Germany
FR2000 Eurocup
Formula BMW ADAC
Italian Formula Renault 2000
Championship titles
2006
2006
Euroseries 3000
Italian Formula 3000

Giacomo Ricci (born March 30, 1985 in Baveno) is an Italian racing driver.

Career[edit]

Formula BMW[edit]

Ricci began his car racing career by driving in the German-based Formula BMW ADAC series in 2001 and 2002, with a best finish of seventh in the drivers' championship.

Formula Renault[edit]

Ricci also competed in one race of the Italian Formula Renault Championship in 2001, and competed in rounds of the two-litre German series and the European Cup in 2002. For 2003 he made a step down to the smaller engine category of the Spanish Formula Junior 1600 series, finishing fourth in the championship. He also drove in one race of the North American-based FRenault series during the year. In 2004 he drove in eight races of the World Series by Nissan (who share the same owners as Renault, the championship being rebranded as the World Series by Renault the following year).

Formula 3000[edit]

From 2004 to 2007, Ricci drove in the F3000 series variously known as Euro Formula 3000, Italian Formula 3000 and the Euroseries 3000. After initially scoring no points from four races in 2004, he improved to third place in the standings in 2005. In 2006, driving for the Fisichella Motorsport team, he won the championship with five wins and thirteen podium finishes. For 2007 he only competed in selected rounds and finished fifth in the championship, opting to focus his intentions on North American-based motor racing that year.

Ricci (foreground) racing in the 2007 Champ Car Atlantic Houston race

Champ Car Atlantic[edit]

Ricci duly drove in Champ Car Atlantic (the feeder series for the now-defunct Champ Car World Series) in 2007 for the Conquest Racing team. He finished in sixth place in the championship, despite not scoring any wins or podium finishes. He was the third-highest ranked rookie of 2007, behind Franck Perera and Robert Wickens.

GP2 Series[edit]

Ricci received his GP2 Series call-up in 2008 to replace the injured Michael Herck in the David Price Racing team for the first few rounds of the championship, because the Belgian-Romanian driver had broken his wrist in the preceding GP2 Asia Series.[1] His team-mate was Brazilian Diego Nunes. He was replaced by Andy Soucek after the first two rounds of the championship as Herck continued to recover.[2]

Ricci then competed in the first round of the 2008–09 GP2 Asia Series season for the Trident Racing team. He was then replaced by Alberto Valerio, so he moved back to DPR for the second round onwards, where he in turn replaced Yuhi Sekiguchi.[3]

Ricci continued with DPR into the 2009 GP2 Series season, teaming up with Herck this time, as he did in the Asia Series. Ricci struggled with reliability, finishing only three of the seven races he started and was replaced for the Nürburgring rounds by ex-IndyCar Series racer Franck Perera.[4]

Ricci returned for the 2009–10 GP2 Asia Series season[5] and after a double retirement at the first Abu Dhabi round, Ricci scored his first ever GP2 points in either the main series or the Asia Series, after finishing fifth in the second Abu Dhabi feature race. He added his first podium the following day, finishing third behind team-mate Herck and race-winner Davide Valsecchi during the sprint race. His first victory came in the final race of the season, leading from lights-to-flag in Bahrain. With this result, he sealed third place in the championship both for himself, and his team.

Ricci remained with DPR for the 2010 main series, and scored his first points finish with second place in the first race of the season. He then endured an eleven-race, non-scoring streak, but a stronger weekend in Hungary culminated in his maiden main series win in the sprint race.[6] However, he was replaced by compatriot Fabrizio Crestani thereafter.[7] He still finished in thirteenth place in the drivers' championship despite missing the final six races on the calendar.

After spending most of 2011 without a drive, Ricci returned to the GP2 Series for the non-championship races in Abu Dhabi that concluded the season. Driving for Super Nova Racing alongside compatriot Fabio Onidi, he finished 11th and 23rd in the two races.

International GT Open[edit]

Ricci also competed in the GTA and GTS classes of the International GT Open championship in 2008.

Auto GP[edit]

The withdrawal of the Super Nova team from the GP2 Series hampered Ricci's hopes to remain in the category, so for 2012 he returned to the Euroseries 3000 (now rebranded as the Auto GP World Series) to compete in selected events for the Austrian Zele Racing team.

Racing record[edit]

Career summary[edit]

Season Series Team Name Races Poles Wins Points Final Placing
2001 Formula BMW ADAC CTS-Motorsport 20 0 1 94 7th
Formula Renault 2.0 Italia Toby Fortec Racing 1 0 0 0 NC
2002 Formula Renault 2.0 Germany SL Formula Racing 8 0 0 26 28th
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 KUG Motorsport 6 0 0 0 NC
Formula BMW ADAC KUG-DeWalt Racing 6 0 0 15 18th
2003 Formula Junior 1600 Spain  ?  ?  ?  ? 106 4th
Fran-Am 2000 Winter World Championship Team Italia 1 0 0 30 29th
2004 World Series by Nissan Vergani Racing 8 0 0 4 19th
Euro Formula 3000 Power Tech 4 0 0 0 NC
2005 Italian Formula 3000 Astromega 8 0 0 33 3rd
2006 Euroseries 3000 Fisichella Motorsport 18 1 5 106 1st
2007 Euroseries 3000 G-Tec 6 0 2 37 5th
ELK Motorsport
Champ Car Atlantic Conquest Racing 12 0 0 188 6th
2008 GP2 Series David Price Racing 4 0 0 0 31st
International GT Open GPC Sport (GTA) 6 0 0 19 12th
Villois Racing (GTS) 4 0 1 26 10th
Italian Formula Three BVM – Target Racing Srl 2 0 0 5 15th
International Formula Master Euronova Racing 2 0 0 0 NC
2008–09 GP2 Asia Series Trident Racing 2 0 0 0 27th
David Price Racing 9 0 0
2009 GP2 Series David Price Racing 7 0 0 0 27th
2009–10 GP2 Asia Series David Price Racing 8 0 1 29 3rd
2010 GP2 Series David Price Racing 14 0 1 16 13th
Auto GP RP Motorsport 2 0 0 8 12th
2011 GP2 Final Super Nova Racing 2 0 0 0 15th
2012 Auto GP World Series Zele Racing 6 0 0 40 11th
Team MLR71

Complete Euro Formula 3000/Italian Formula 3000/Euroseries 3000/Auto GP World Series results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 DC Points
2004 Power Tech BRN
10
EST
7
JER
Ret
MNZ
8
SPA DON DIJ ZOL NÜR1 NÜR2 14th 0
2005 Team Astromega ADR
Ret
VAL
3
BRN
2
IMO
9
MUG
3
MAG
7
MNZ
5
MIS
3
3rd 33
2006 FMS International ADR
1

5
ADR
2

1
IMO
1

1
IMO
2

1
SPA
1

2
SPA
2

1
HUN
1

2
HUN
2

4
MUG
1

3
MUG
2

3
SIL
1

3
SIL
2

11
CAT
1

2
CAT
2

Ret
VAL
1

5
VAL
2

3
MIS
1

1
MIS
2

2
1st 106
2007 ELK Motorsport VAL
1
VAL
2
HUN
1
HUN
2
SIL
1
SIL
2
MUG
1
MUG
2
NÜR
1
NÜR
2
SPA
1

1
SPA
2

Ret
MNZ
1

2
MNZ
2

2
CAT
1

3
CAT
2

1
5th 37
2010 RP Motorsport BRN
1
BRN
2
IMO
1
IMO
2
SPA
1
SPA
2
MAG
1
MAG
2
NAV
1

6
NAV
2

2
MNZ
1
MNZ
2
12th 8
2012 Zele Racing MNZ
1

6
MNZ
2

14
VAL
1
VAL
2
MAR
1

5
MAR
2

3
HUN
1
HUN
2
ALG
1

ALG
2

CUR
1

CUR
2

11th 40
Team MLR71 SON
1

5
SON
2

11†
2013 Team MLR71 MNZ
1

Ret
MNZ
2

12
MAR
1

MAR
2

HUN
1

HUN
2

SIL
1

SIL
2

MUG
1

MUG
2

NÜR
1

NÜR
2

DON
1

DON
2

BRN
1

BRN
2

24th 0

Complete GP2 Series results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 DC Points
2008 David Price Racing ESP
FEA

16
ESP
SPR

Ret
TUR
FEA

Ret
TUR
SPR

11
MON
FEA
MON
SPR
FRA
FEA
FRA
SPR
GBR
FEA
GBR
SPR
GER
FEA
GER
SPR
HUN
FEA
HUN
SPR
EUR
FEA
EUR
SPR
BEL
FEA
BEL
SPR
ITA
FEA
ITA
SPR
31st 0
2009 David Price Racing ESP
FEA

Ret
ESP
SPR

15
MON
FEA

14
MON
SPR

Ret
TUR
FEA

Ret
TUR
SPR

Ret
GBR
FEA

17
GBR
SPR

DNS
GER
FEA
GER
SPR
HUN
FEA
HUN
SPR
VAL
FEA
VAL
SPR
BEL
FEA
BEL
SPR
ITA
FEA
ITA
SPR
POR
FEA
POR
SPR
27th 0
2010 David Price Racing ESP
FEA

2
ESP
SPR

8
MON
FEA

17
MON
SPR

Ret
TUR
FEA

Ret
TUR
SPR

17
VAL
FEA

Ret
VAL
SPR

Ret
GBR
FEA

13
GBR
SPR

12
GER
FEA

16
GER
SPR

11
HUN
FEA

8
HUN
SPR

1
BEL
FEA
BEL
SPR
ITA
FEA
ITA
SPR
ABU
FEA
ABU
SPR
13th 16

Complete GP2 Asia Series results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 DC Points
2008–09 Trident Racing CHN
FEA

13
CHN
SPR

Ret
27th 0
David Price Racing DUB
FEA

13
DUB
SPR

C
BHR1
FEA

Ret
BHR1
SPR

16
QAT
FEA

Ret
QAT
SPR

13
MYS
FEA

16
MYS
SPR

15
BHR2
FEA

11
BHR2
SPR

10
2009–10 David Price Racing ABU1
FEA

Ret
ABU1
SPR

Ret
ABU2
FEA

5
ABU2
SPR

3
BHR1
FEA

4
BHR1
SPR

2
BHR2
FEA

5
BHR2
SPR

1
3rd 29

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ricci to replace Herck at DPR". autosport.com. 2008-04-22. Retrieved 2008-05-09. 
  2. ^ "Soucek to stand in for Herck at DPR". autosport.com. 2008-05-19. Retrieved 2008-05-23. 
  3. ^ "Driver changes aplenty in Dubai". crash.net. 2008-12-04. Retrieved 2008-12-04. 
  4. ^ Glendenning, Mark (2009-07-07). "Perera to replace Ricci at DPR". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 2009-07-07. 
  5. ^ "La lista dei piloti che saranno ad Abu Dhabi per la GP2 Asia". ItaliaRacing.net (in Italian) (Inpagina). 2009-10-22. Retrieved 2009-10-22. 
  6. ^ Glendenning, Mark (2010-08-01). "Ricci takes first GP2 main series win". autosport.com. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 2010-08-30. 
  7. ^ "Spa: Official Preview". pitpass.com (Pitpass). 2010-08-26. Retrieved 2010-08-30. 

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Luca Filippi
Euroseries 3000 champion
2006
Succeeded by
Davide Rigon